Applicants will have a degree in physics or a related subject e.g. engineering. A strong physics A level or equivalent background is also required. Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have considered how to develop their subject knowledge in the National Curriculum, GCSE and A level requirements for science.
The majority of physics teachers will also be required to teach elements of chemistry and biology, at least in Key Stage 3.
A Subject Knowledge Enhancement course is available to boost subject knowledge before starting the course. This is online and varies in length depending on the depth of knowledge required. The course will be assessed for physics but also gives access to resources for chemistry and biology.
Emmaline Fletcher-Sykes, the Subject Leader, leads a weekly opportunity to learn more about the subject and the related pedagogy.
Most pathway sessions take place at Pittville School in Cheltenham on a Thursday afternoon. Some sessions are held at other local schools. A visit to the ASE conference extends trainees’ subject knowledge and provides ideas for enriching the teaching of physics. Trainees also benefit from links to STEM Learning, with GITEP involved in the Science Learning Partnership for Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, and to the Cheltenham Science Festival.
Physics, chemistry and biology trainees are taught together as a science group. Due to the range of subject knowledge required there are extra subject development days for science trainees during the first term.
In January and April pathway sessions will be led by a subject tutor from the University of Bristol who will introduce the PGCE assignments on curriculum practice and curriculum research.
Trainees start the year with three weeks of professional studies, a programme of lectures, workshops and expert speakers, to give a context to the course. By the end of September, trainees start their “Parent 1” placement and will be in school full time until mid-December. There are another two weeks of professional studies either side of Christmas. In January trainees start their “Twin” placement in a second school. There are more professional studies weeks before Easter then trainees return to their first school for their “Parent 2” placement. The final placement includes an enhancement week to give opportunities to experience particular aspects of teaching.
There are also weekly subject seminars, every Thursday, with trainees meeting with their Subject Leader and other trainees from their subject.
Emmaline has extensive teaching experience having taught for over 18 years in three different schools within Gloucestershire. She has been a Head of Science, Head of Sixth Form and an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST). Emmaline has been a subject mentor for a number of trainees and also contributed to GITEP through delivering Subject Pathway sessions before becoming the Subject Leader. She is passionate about engaging her students through active and collaborative approaches. Emmaline is an Honorary Teaching Fellow of the University of Bristol.
The Institute of Physics (IOP) has teacher training scholarships worth £26,000 available to eligible physics trainees starting their teacher training in the 2022/23 academic year. The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries.
To be an IOP Scholar you will need to have outstanding knowledge of school-level physics and the potential to become an inspirational physics teacher. Each scholarship also includes a package of benefits including membership and early career mentoring. Applications are now open; you can view the full eligibility criteria and apply on the IOP website.
- A degree in physics or a related subject e.g. engineering.
- Maths and English at Grade C/Level 4 or above at GCSE.
- Degree at 2:2 or above.
- Involvement with young people in some capacity.
- An awareness of issues in science education generally.
- A levels including at least one of biology and chemistry.
Routes & Course Codes
|Institute Code||SCITT||School Direct||QTS Only||PGCE with QTS|
|14B||Balcarras School (School Direct)||2CMM||2CMN|
|1ZB||Odyssey TSA (School Direct)||2H5C||2HCR|
|2EH||Cotswold Teaching School Partnership (School Direct)||33XW||33RS|
|26P||Cotswold Edge Teaching Alliance (School Direct)||2QFZ|